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Exhibition of the week

Wang Gongxin: In-between
Multimedia installations that explore by modern means the ancient pictorial problems of light and shadow.
White Cube Mason’s Yard, London, January 19 to March 12.

Also showing

Alison Katz: Artery
Autobiographical art in an installation that suggests the interior of the human body.
Camden Art Center, London, until March 13.

Betsy Bradley: In pursuit of the rainbows
Subtle and contemplative abstract paintings and sculptures, including a swing to escape with imagination.
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, until February 13

Emily Speed: Flatland
Video inspired by the Victorian fantasy novel Flatland and its vision of a two-dimensional world.
Tate Liverpool until June 5

Fragmented illuminations: clippings from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts
Beautiful images cut by brutal 19th century booksellers from some of the greatest medieval manuscripts.
V&A, London, until May 8

Image of the week

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A staff member at the new immersive multimedia exhibition Monet’s Garden, dedicated to the work of painter Claude Monet, in Alte Muenze, Berlin. The show runs until mid-March.

What we have learned

A bitter inheritance dispute rages around a Roman villa

A sculpture by Eric Gill on the BBC Broadcasting House in London was allegedly damaged during a protest against the artist’s pedophilia

René Magritte masterpiece set to fetch £ 45million at auction

Art historian Christopher Wright discovered his £ 65 painting could be a Van Dyck

Cotswolds want Damien Hirst to fix his heap of ruined country

The portraits of photographer Masterji on the life of immigrants in Coventry will be exhibited …

… While West Midlands Police Artist in Residence Kay Rufai hopes to reduce youth violence and racial stereotypes

An exhibition of works by American landscape painter Winslow Homer opens in London in September

Senegal has some of the most striking architecture in Africa …

… And artist, poet and singer, Dieynaba Sidibé, alias Zeinixx, is the country’s ‘first lady’ of graffiti

Soviet avant-garde film posters were as bold and innovative as the films they advertised

Photographer Alec Soth is one of the most compelling columnists of American life

Foster + Partners Architecture Firm Almost Doubles Profits in 2020, Thanks to Expansion in Middle East

Masterpiece of the week

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Photograph: © The National Gallery, London

Jacopo de ‘Barbari: a hawk, 1510s
Nothing could be simpler or more directly observed than this slice of life from the Venetian Renaissance. This is not an allegory, a reference to myth or any other type of symbol – as Renaissance art is so often assumed to contain – but just an act of observation. The artist looks clearly and attentively at a hunting bird on its perch. He captures his fierce shining eye and tiger-striped chest feathers, the leather bracelets at his feet and his bell to ring the alarm if he takes flight. He waits alert against an undecorated and meaningless wall. It is an art of describing the kind that we associate with painters from Northern Europe rather than Italian painters. In fact, Jacopo de ‘Barbari moved between north and south, working in Nuremberg as well as in Venice. His hawk anticipates by around 150 years The Goldfinch, the painting by Carel Fabritius made famous by Donna Tartt’s novel. It is a memorial to an unnamed bird of prey that lived half a millennium ago.
National Gallery, London

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